BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI
Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Sept. 15-17:
EXCHANGE-MOTHER’S MEMORIAL RIDE
LA CROSSE, Wis. — It was during the 10 days her son went missing from the river’s edge that Melissa Melnick made a promise. Her eldest son, Chris Stanley, was just weeks from a post-graduation bike ride to the Gulf Coast when he was swept into the Mississippi River on April 25, 2017. Melnick vowed to either ride alongside Chris in celebration or on her own in his memory. Sadly, Chris wasn’t pedaling beside her when Melnick recently departed her hometown of Minneapolis for the eight-week tour down the Mississippi River Trail. His body was found May 4, 2017, three miles downriver. The Fueled by Love Bike Tour serves to honor Chris and share his love for life with people along the way. By Emily Pyrek, La Crosse Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 929 words, photo.
EXCHANGE-MAILMAN HELPS HOMELESS
JANESVILLE, Wis. — When Tom Hathaway, of Janesville, started delivering mail in 2000, he said he was shocked by how many people he saw living in their cars. Hathaway has been collecting money and goods for the homeless for years. Earlier this month was his fifth annual “Helping the Homeless” event but the first of its kind held outside of his backyard. By Jonah Beleckis, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 540 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-SHARING COMMUNITY GARDEN
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — The tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini and other vegetables a group of local gardeners grow in their downtown Eau Claire plot are a sign not only of their affinity for quality food but of their caring for those without much access to healthy meals. Members of the shared garden, a part of the Forest Street Community Garden along that street, have donated hundreds of pounds of vegetables this summer to The Community Table, a nearby location that serves daily meals to those in need. Other gardeners at the site also have contributed food. By Julian Emerson, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 869 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-ENDURING DEPARTMENT STORE
TWO RIVERS, Wis. — When A.J. Schroeder and her sister, Theresa Kronforst, took over Schroeder’s Department Store it would have been easy, and perhaps less stressful, to shutter the doors of the longtime business. But Schroeder and Kronforst came up with a plan to allow the legacy of their great-grandfather and his three brothers to continue 127 years after the store’s doors opened downtown in Two Rivers. Their success comes as most downtown department stores in Wisconsin have closed and some of the biggest national retailers are contracting, have gone out of business or shuttered their brick-and-mortar operations in favor of online sales. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1144 words, photos.
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